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Listen Up! Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Disney’s FROZEN Soundtrack

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Get ready to host your next sing-a-long and have Disney’s FROZEN provide the soundtrack! They’ve released details of its dynamic soundtrack featuring eight original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (WINNIE THE POOH) and Tony® Award-winning songwriter Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q,” “The Book of Mormon”), plus a phenomenal score by the composer of last year’s Oscar®-winning short PAPERMAN, Christophe Beck. The original motion picture soundtrack, which features the end-credit recording of “Let It Go” by Demi Lovato, is available for sale on November 25.

Directed by Chris Buck (TARZAN, SURF’S UP) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, WRECK-IT RALPH), who also wrote the screenplay, and produced by Peter Del Vecho (WINNIE THE POOH, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG), FROZEN hits theaters in 3D on November 27.

According to Del Vecho, the original music adds to both the emotional story and the humor within this high-action comedy adventure.

“Jennifer, Chris and the team have created a film with an engaging setting full of compelling characters,” he said. “The music elevates and propels this storytelling. The songwriters Kristen and Bobby participated in the creation of the story. We met with them for two hours each day via video conference while we were building our plot—not necessarily about the songs, but about the characters: who they are, how they think, what they want. Each song enhances and expands the story in a way that fully engages the audience in this world.”

About The Original Songs

Anderson-Lopez and Lopez contributed eight original songs to the film—each with the responsibility to propel the story in a specific way. The defining moment for the film’s music, said Lopez, was a song written early in the process called “Let It Go.”

“That was our lynchpin,” he said. “We wanted to write the biggest, beltiest diva number we could channel because we knew we had Idina Menzel—who just knocks it out of the park—and we knew her character Elsa was experiencing something epic in her life.”

The song resonated with filmmakers—so well, in fact, that it made them rethink scenes leading up to the moment.

“‘Let It Go’ was the first song that we all knew belonged in the film because it helped shape Elsa’s character,” said Lee. “It delivers such a poignant and powerful message about how she’s feeling that we needed to back up and earn that song—to show how she finds herself in that place at that time.”

Platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato recorded a version of the song for end credits, which is available on iTunes.

“It’s so relatable,” said Lovato of the song. “Elsa is finding her identity; she’s growing into who she is and she’s finally accepting her own strength and magical powers. Instead of hiding it, like she’s done all her life, she’s letting it go and embracing it.”

About The Score

Composer Christophe Beck, whose diverse talents are evident by a resume that includes the Oscar®-winning PAPERMAN and the HANGOVER trilogy, provided an epic score for FROZEN

“The people at Disney really value music,” said Beck. “And in animation, versus live action, the music is really integral to the storytelling—it does some of the heavy lifting when it comes to communicating the emotion.”

Beck paid homage to the Norway-inspired setting, referencing regional instruments such as the haunting bukkehorn and vocal techniques like kulning, which is a traditional shepherd’s herding call.

“With FROZEN,” he said, “we had the setting to draw from—these incredible icy snowy vistas, which are very evocative. The region provided us with lots of really cool and interesting sound to explore that I’d never heard—I don’t think many people outside of the region have either.”

Filmmakers recruited a Norwegian linguist to help with the lyrics for an Old Norse song written for Elsa’s coronation. And the team even travelled to Norway to record the all-female choir Cantus for a piece inspired by traditional Norwegian music. The score, which was recorded by a full 80-piece orchestra, features 32 vocalists—including native Norwegian Christine Hals, whose rural upbringing inspired her kulning skills.

Beck worked with Lopez and Anderson-Lopez on some of the songs’ arrangements and in incorporating their melodies in the score, often doing so in a unique, but recognizable context. According to Buck, the collaboration went even further for “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

“The song reflects Anna’s side of the story—which is sung by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez as Anna, and written by Bobby and Kristen—and Elsa’s side, which is represented by Christophe’s score. It is all woven together beautifully,” said the director. “And the melody returns at the end of the film in a really grand and moving way.” “Our goal,” added Beck, “was to create a cohesive musical journey from beginning to end.”

The FROZEN original motion picture soundtrack listing follows.

  1. “Frozen” Heart Performed by Cast
  2. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez
  3. “For the First Time in Forever” Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
  4. “Love Is an Open Door” Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana
  5. “Let It Go” Performed by Idina Menzel
  6. “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People” Performed by Jonathan Groff
  7. “In Summer” Performed by Josh Gad
  8. “For the First Time in Forever” (Reprise) Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel
  9. “Fixer Upper” Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast
  10. “Let It Go” (Demi Lovato Version) Performed by Demi Lovato
  11. Vuelie (Featuring Cantus) Score
  12. Elsa and Anna Score
  13. The Trolls Score
  14. Coronation Day Score
  15. Heimr Àrnadalr Score
  16. Winter’s Waltz Score
  17. Sorcery Score
  18. Royal Pursuit Score
  19. Onward and Upward Score
  20. Wolves Score
  21. The North Mountain Score
  22. We Were So Close Score
  23. Marshmallow Attack! Score
  24. Conceal, Don’t Feel Score
  25. Only An Act of True Love Score
  26. Summit Siege Score
  27. Return to Arendelle Score
  28. Treason Score
  29. Some People Are Worth Melting For Score
  30. Whiteout Score
  31. The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise) Score
  32. Epilogue Score

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